Conference

The future is big cities and metropolises. They bring together more and more people, capital and functions. There is no doubt that a well-organized and efficiently functioning metropolis is a high standard of living for its inhabitants. It is confirmed by foreign experiences of self-government and metropolitan authorities.

Let us hope that in the short term, the legal status of metropolitan areas will also be regulated in the Republic of Poland. Universal (and not dedicated to particular areas) regulation is justified in terms of content – there are needs which need to be satisfied by creating entities of metropolitan character (e.g. related to development policy, spatial planning, transport organisation, acquisition of investments, territorial marketing or crisis management). However, before this happens some time will probably pass, which is worth using to develop the assumptions of the policy of the political system and delimitation policy of the state concerning the metropolis or perhaps even the metropolitan self-government.

Let us hope that in the short term, the legal status of metropolitan areas will also be regulated in the Republic of Poland. Universal (and not dedicated to particular areas) regulation is justified in terms of content – there are needs which need to be satisfied by creating entities of metropolitan character (e.g. related to development policy, spatial planning, transport organisation, acquisition of investments, territorial marketing or crisis management). Before this happens, however, some time will probably pass, which is worth using to develop the assumptions of the political and delimitation policy of the state concerning the metropolis or perhaps even the metropolitan self-government.

For this reason, the Metropolitan Institute and the Department of Socio-economic Geography of the University of Gdańsk are organising an interdisciplinary and international scientific conference, during which invited guests – scientists, experts and officials – will present foreign organisational and functional models of metropolises, their features and positive and negative sides. All this in order to introduce new content into scientific circulation, as well as to equip the legislator facing the need for reform with the necessary knowledge.